This is one of my favorite DIY lip balm recipes for the holidays!
During winter, one of my must-have essentials is lip balm. It seems that I always have two or three different types in my purse and a few more in my car.
Lip balms are also one of my favorite things to gift at the holidays. It’s one of those DIY handmade items that people really seem to love and use, especially if it’s made from natural ingredients.
However, I’ve seen lots of recipes for lip balms that are not-so-natural. From different types of colorings to artificial flavors, I’ve skipped making a lot of DIY lip balm recipes because of ingredients.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been searching for a good smelling (and tasting) candy cane lip balm. I wanted to make a pretty looking and delicious tasting lip balm for Christmas gifts.
I finally found a recipe I thought I could use so I went out and purchased some of the ingredients. I figured I could tweak the recipe to be more natural, but I knew that I would need some red cinnamon candies for the color and the taste.
Well, not only do red cinnamon candies have terrible ingredients (sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavor, gum arabic, confectioner’s glaze, carnauba wax, and red 40), but they also don’t mix with coconut oil.
Trust me on this one.
After having a glass container at near breaking point temperatures, and boiling red candies that still would not mix with my coconut oil, it was back to the drawing board. I knew I was going to have to come up with a natural candy cane lip balm all on my own.
My own take on an all-natural holiday lip balm
For color – I chose one of my favorite herbs, alkanet root. It makes a wonderful pink/red color when the powder is added to lip balms, soaps, and lotions.
For taste – I pulled out my favorite organic peppermint flavor from my spice cabinet. (I found that between peppermint flavor and pure peppermint extract, the peppermint flavor tended to blend the best because it’s in an oil base.) You can also use peppermint essential oil with good results.
Candy cane stripes – Next was my task of figuring out how to make the lip balm two-toned. My first attempt ended with a great smelling, one-tone light pink lip balm. Not exactly what I wanted, but it would work. For my second attempt, I poured the white section first, then allowed it to slightly cool until almost hardened. Once it was semi-formed, I used a knife to push it to one side as I poured the red side. It was a little tough at first, but it worked! Trust me, if I can do it, you can too.
DIY Lip Balm: All-Natural Candy Cane
- 1 Tbsp beeswax (find organic white beeswax pastilles here)
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil (find organic unrefined coconut oil here)
- ½ tsp peppermint flavor (find it here) OR 10 drops peppermint essential oil (find pure peppermint EO here)
- 1 pinch alkanet root powder – use more for deeper red, less for a lighter pink (find it here)
- two 1-ounce tins (find them here)
- Begin by melting beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler.
- Once fully melted, add peppermint flavor and stir well.
- Pour half the lip balm into two 1 oz. tins.
- While you allow the uncolored lip balm portion to harden slightly, add a pinch of alkanet root powder to the remaining lip balm mixture.
- Stir the alkanet root powder well, but don’t be surprised if it remains a little grainy looking.
- Once the uncolored lip balm (in the tin) is slightly hardened but still pliable, take a butter knife and gently move the uncolored lip balm to one side.
- Carefully pour the colored lip balm portion into the opposite side, making sure not to overlap the uncolored side (don’t pour too much!).
- If your colored lip balm portion has hardened slightly, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds before pouring to get it liquid once again. Stir well after microwaving.
- Allow both sides to cool completely, then cap and label.
This recipe yields two 1 oz. tins, plus a little extra, so don’t worry if things don’t turn out perfectly on the first try! My first try ended with me just mixing the two colors for a nice light pink lip balm.